Thursday, September 21, 2006

Where have all the journalists gone?

The past few months have not been the greatest for the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) in Taiwan. Taiwanese president Chen Sui Bian (A-Bian) has been involved with allegations of corruption from his son-in-law's insider trading scandal to his own mishandling of executive branch funds. By watching the news in Taiwan it seems as if many in the country are asking the president to step down. Protests that were originally started by Si Ming De and his Reds in Taipei, have now begun to spread to southern parts of the island, but with violent results. The color red and the thumbs down sign now represent those wishing for A-Bian to step down, while supporters of A-Bian have naturally taken the thumbs up sign. Isn't the color red Communist China's color?

As a supporter of democracy and the development of the Taiwanese people, it is every citizen's right to express their opinion openly and freely. As much as it pains me to see the country in such a state of civil unrest, the fact that these people are allowed to sit out and protest day, after day, after day, after day is a testament to Taiwan's open and thriving democracy. But it also begs to be asked, don't these people have jobs to go to? The protests are day currently on day 13.

The population of Taiwan is 23,000,000 strong. The number of people that are asking for Chen Sui Bian to step down only represent a very small proportion of Taiwan's population, but from watching many of Taiwan's nightly news channels, it seems as if the entire country is on the virge of collapse, and that all citizens are against the president. That couldn't be farther from the truth. Taiwan is a stable, successful, global economic player that has one of the most democratic governments in Asia.

I'm not upset that some people are protesting against the president. Ruler parties will always have opposition. I'm upset with the extreme lack of quality reporting and lack of professional journalism in Taiwan's media. By definition, journalism is material written for publication in a newspaper, magazine, or broadcast that consists of direct presentation of facts and occurences with little attempt at analysis or interpretation. Journalists and news stations in Taiwan SHOULD objectively report the news and keep their personal political views out of their reporting. However, in reality, most Taiwan news channels are about as fair and balanced as America's Fox News. Fox News is media mogul Rupert Murdoch's blatantly rightwing conservative voice in the US. KMT friendly channels routinely blast the president and the DPP government for every problem in Taiwanese society, whilst quickly glazing or flat out not mentioning many of the many mistakes the KMT routinely makes. The same but opposite can be said for the DPP friendly channels.

Surfing through the different TV news channels last night, I was appalled at the complete and utter lack of neutrality shown by these supposed news channels like TVBS and CTI. Just looking at the graphics, TVBS had the Chinese, "Bian" character, from Chen Sui Bian's name, flipped upside down in the bottom left of the TV screen. Other channels had the thumbs down graphic repeatedly giving the thumbs down with the English word, "depose" written underneath. How can any accurate or reliable news let alone information be learned from news agencies so obviously slanted towards the KMT and China? The images and comments they make only represent one side of the story, yet they broadcast under the illusion that they are doing real journalism. It would be like watching CNN or NBC and seeing "Overthrow Bush" written in the corner. It's absurd. The Taiwanese people deserve better than that.

We as a democratic and developed country are setting an example for the rest of Asia to follow. We're not as pitiful and chaotic as the KMT news would have you believe. We have the right to real and accurate information and news. What we have now is nothing more than talk shows and tabloids. I watch those for nothing more than the entertainment and the drama, not my news on world and domestic events. I want someone to present just the facts, so that I can make my own decision and opinions on developments in Taiwanese society. We're not Chinese, we have a right to have access to the truth. So if you want real news in Taiwan, speak up and demand it. Journalists in Taiwan, do your job!

20 Comments:

At 7:01 PM , Anonymous Nicole said...

Great job !! I saw you on TV today, I totally agree with your oppinient. Young people should love Taiwan, as our mother land.

 
At 8:16 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well done!!Good Job!I respect to you so much from my heart.I saw you on TV and felt you love Taiwan a lot! I support to you!Young people in Taiwan sholud love Taiwan as well as you!

 
At 10:25 PM , Blogger 五千兩 said...

nice done..nice boy..go go go...eric

 
At 11:46 PM , Blogger Spieler said...

You did the good job!

 
At 12:32 AM , Blogger felix said...

I truely love the act you did today.We must let China P's know it(Taiwan is not the part of China). God bless you!

 
At 10:29 AM , Blogger Chia-Hsiang said...

Hey Eric, you know? You're the bravest young student i've ever seen! If every young kid in Taiwan has the same thoughts and attitudes toward our mother land, Ma government and KMT would never have the chance to lean upon China like what they're doing today. Patheticly many (or most) school kids only concern about pop shits like singers, actors, idles and are indifferent to public issues. Anyway you really did a tremendous job, it's a upward stimulation to us. May I buy you a quick one? haha~ Looking froward to see u in Taipei on Oct. 25th!

 
At 12:36 PM , Blogger doreen said...

I'm so glade to saw what you did yesterday, that's encourage us to do something for our beautiful country. We hope the whole world knows Taiwan is independent.

 
At 12:55 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

fuck

 
At 12:56 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

fuck your mother!!!!!!!!!!!!! just shit!!

 
At 1:06 PM , Anonymous Teng-Kuan said...

Hi Eric,

I have to salute you for your act. Beautiful! I believe your courage, emotion and passion will definitely effect Taiwanese students. I have participated one FAPA lobby activitity this year in Captial Hill. I saw lots of ABTs like you stand out for defending our own idea and speak out the truth in Captial Hill with Some senators' A's. I hope more Taiwanese students can be stimulated and start to take some action because I alwyas believe that If you care about something, or want something happen,then take the action; otherwise, you are just like those people who don't care. Then,don't say you care!!

Well Done! Eric

 
At 1:39 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great job, Eric! We are all proud of you.

To those mother fuckers who used Fxx word in comment to Eric. I would say: "fuck out of Taiwanese' business!" "Get the fuck out of Taiwan!" "Fuck you, too!"

 
At 1:44 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

US pig, get out of Taiwan.

 
At 4:31 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I saw you express Taiwanese feeling
for us on TV and I was moved.
You are brave.Because of you ,Taiwanese student will not be looked down by China.
Thank you~~~

 
At 5:10 PM , Blogger luvTaiwan said...

I am so proud of you ! =D

 
At 11:08 PM , Blogger echunglan said...

You are the man who is worth respecting.

 
At 3:27 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

To whom asked US pig to get out of Taiwan, I would ask all Chinese pig including yourself to get out of Taiwan before anybody else. This also including your Mr. Ma, Hongkongnese pig.

By the way, Eric is more Taiwanese than you and your Mr. Ma.

 
At 11:28 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

We feel so touched abt what you did for Taiwan. We support u. We really dont understand why the Ma government so close to China. Taiwan and china are so different.......
We love our country, but Ma doesnt.

 
At 11:31 AM , Blogger complete said...

good job ~~~
no guts no glory....
you are the men who deserve to get the respect

 
At 4:29 PM , Blogger Ross said...

Great job, bro you are my legend. You've done well. Just kick those chinaman's ass.

 
At 10:09 PM , Anonymous Anthony said...

Hello Eric! My name is Anthony from Japan! I was so touched to see your action infront of that China Man, but on the other hand, I feel so sad that those local Taiwanese students, even none of them, did not help you to protest that Chinese Dude!

I believe this is a serious situation that local Taiwanese's are deeply contaminated by KMT oriented evil fallacies! It's just like the movie 〝Matrix〞, Taiwanese's minds are controlled by 〝Notorious Matrix of the Republic of China〞!

We as a younger generation of overseas Taiwanese must save those local Taiwanese and you are the ONE, ERIC!!

I'm really proud of you!!!!!

Let me introduce you a very good website which contains 100% Taiwan Essence Website. I believe this website will get you more information about our motherland, TAIWAN!!!!! There are in Mandarin, English and Japanese, you may pick any language! Enjoy!!

World United Formosans for Independence (WUFI)
www.wufi.org.tw

 

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